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Nine Days' Wonder


Crossover Prog

3.83 | 42 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars 4.5 stars. I absolutely love this album. It's hard to pin down as far as what style of music it is but I agree with the RYM site that this should be in Krautrock. The band was formed in 1966 in Germany but didn't release an album (this one) until 1971. Only 2 of the 5 members here are actually German though and the lineup would change on the next record. Some of the guys who were in this band would go onto play in ZYMA, GNIDROLOG,TWENTY SIXTY SIX AND THEN, JUD'S GALLERY, AERA and others. This is such an interesting, inventive and entertaining album.

"Fermillion" opens with a heavy guitar chord then the flute and keys take over before the heaviness drops in like a bomb. Vocals join in and I love the raw guitar here. The guitar continues to light it up as the vocals come and go. It settles with sax and a heavy rhythm. A jazzy vibe too before it turns experimental before 5 minutes. The sax is back a minute later as the drums pound and the bass throbs. Nice. The guitar starts to rip it up trading off with the sax. A change 8 minutes in with vocals. It speeds up before 9 minutes then slows right down with spoken vocals. Cool. It then kicks in with sax and vocals as the drums pound away. A calm 11 minutes in. It's haunting as we hear laughter. Now i'm laughing as the guy talking speaks like a woman. This is hilarious much like Monty Python. A change 13 minutes in as vocals come in then it turns heavy.

"Moss Had Come" continues the heavy sound with vocals. A calm with strummed guitar before 1 1/2 minutes. Laid back vocals join in then it kicks back in before 3 minutes,sax too. "Apple Tree" has some intensity and humour in it. A calm with sax before a minute. The tempo picks up 2 minutes in and the vocals stop as they jam with the guitar out front. Vocals are back late.

"Drag Dilemma" has an impressive instrumental intro then the guitar starts to lead then the vocals join in. Amazing ! The vocals and guitar trade off 2 1/2 minutes in. It's like the guitar is talking back. It kicks back in after 3 minutes. So good ! Flute after 4 minutes then the vocals are back before 6 1/2 minutes. A groovy beat here. Sax after 8 minutes then vocals a minute later. It's almost spacey after 10 1/2 minutes then it kicks back in. He sounds like Peter Hammill 12 minutes in as he gets theatrical.

My kind of music.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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